PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Monday afternoon State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma, heaved the Silver Quality Coast Award flag in front of the Saba Tourist office in Windwardside.
She was accompanied by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella, Director of the tourist office, Glenn Holm and the staff of the tourist office.
“Saban may be proud with this recognition because it is the evidence of hard work that is carried out by several organizations and individuals on the field of nature protection, tourism and culture,” says Dijksma. This week the State Secretary is on a working visit in the Caribbean Netherlands.
The Silver Quality Coast Award is an award developed by the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC). This is a part of the so-called Green Deal for sustainable tourism that is executed from November 2014 till December 2016.
The aim of this initiative is to promote the sustainability of destinations.
This must be achieved by developing a joint vision on the way in which the sustainability of destinations and developing processes and resources are considered.
The development of processes and funds (?) is also taken into considerabtion, in order to measure the sustainability of the destinations and to make it demonstrable. Saba is one of the destinations of these pilot Green Deal.
Green Deal is a collaboration between The Netherlands and the United Kingdom to reinforce each other on individual efforts, especially in priority areas as sustainable energy, nature management, sustainable tourism and waste policy.
On these policy areas a number of concrete cooperation projects is stated and these will be further concretized this fall in London.